By Amanda Leeson
BBC America’s gripping spy thriller, Killing Eve, is set to return to our screens for a third season. The Emmy-nominated show centres on a cat-and-mouse game between the world’s most stylish (yet deadly) female assassin Villanelle and MI5 agent, Eve Polastri.
Jodie Comers’ character explores multiple identities throughout the show, which are rooted in her outfits. Villanelle is able to remain untraceable through her constant change of appearance, including hair changes and voice impersonations.
Villanelle’s overly dramatic, intriguing and flamboyant personality makes her wardrobe even more suited to the character. We see her mix very feminine, romantic style dresses with military boots. This is a combination that shouldn’t really work, but somehow the character pulls it off.
The look may not be totally acceptable for day-to-day life, but you could take a nod from Villanelle’s style by pairing a girly, flowy dress with a biker jacket and of course the essential part of her outfit: military boots, to give the look a little more attitude.
In contrast to these outfits, Villanelle can be seen sporting heavily tailored suits, that is, when she’s not in disguise on her assassination missions. The characters personal style seems to take inspiration from men’s fashion but by adding feminine touches in subtle ways. Her style is given a softer, more casual feel, particularly through use of colour and the delicate gold jewellery she wears.
Although a full suit might not be appropriate for running between lectures, you could mix and match the suit pieces to make them work for your wardrobe. Pairing a tailored blazer with some skinny jeans and Villanelle’s signature boots, or dressing down some tailored trousers with a graphic t-shirt and some trainers could be a way of bringing the fashionista’s flare to your own style.
Lastly, we can’t forget Villanelle’s iconic superhero pyjamas look from season two. This is probably one of the easiest Villanelle looks to recreate: grab yourself some pyjamas with your favourite superhero print on them and you’re good to go. Wearing them a couple of sizes too small is optional.
The character provides witty dialogue, crazy stunt moves and, most importantly, weird yet wonderful outfits that she manages to make effortlessly cool. We all want to bring a bit more Villanelle into our own lives. In her own words, “Sorry, baby x